Settling the Score: Wednesday’s results

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Happy Fourth of July. In honor of our Great Nation’s birthday, I slept in to the insanely late hour of 7:25 AM. I know. It’s like I’m in college or something. It’s so weird to see so much of the morning gone, but there we are. How you people do this on a regular basis is beyond me. 5:30 AM is where it’s at.

In baseball, Max Scherzer is now 13-0, Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers continued his/their torrid pace, the Angels’ seven-game winning streak came to an end and Chris Davis hit another homer. Scores-wise, here’s what went down:

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 2
Brewers 4, Nationals 1
Diamondbacks 5, Mets 3
Red Sox 2, Padres 1
Pirates 6, Phillies 5
Orioles 4, White Sox 2
Marlins 6, Braves 3
Mariners 4, Rangers 2
Reds 3, Giants 2
Yankees 3, Twins 2
Dodgers 10, Rockies 8
Astros 4, Rays 1
Cardinals 12, Angels 2
Cubs 3, Athletics 1
Royals 6, Indians 5

Brandon Morrow shut down for the rest of the season

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Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been out since the All-Star break with a bone bruise and biceps inflammation. In recent days there had been hope that he would be activated in the season’s final two weeks in order to be ready for the playoffs, but that’s not happening: Theo Epstein just said that Morrow is done for the season.

It’s not the first time good expectations for Morrow’s recovery were not met. When he was placed on the DL back in July manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. Two months later and here we are.

Morrow, 34, had an excellent season until the arm trouble started, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30.2 innings. Once he went out the closer’s duties fell to Pedro Strop. Now Strop too is out for at least the rest of the regular season and likely more due to a hamstring strain he suffered last week while running the bases.

Bullpens become a lot more important in the postseason. The Cubs’ bullpen is becoming thinner.